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PlantFiles: Tiger Aloe, Tigeraloë, Partridge Breast Aloe
Aloe variegata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: variegata (var-ee-GAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe ausana

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Jan 21, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Aloe variegata grows well in my garden in shade of a deciduous tree with water once a month in summer and none in winter. It has been in this location since 1991, has moderately suckered, and blooms reliably. It is unprotected in winter and has weathered several hard frosts with no damage. I have also tried it in full shade, where it has survived, but not prospered.

Positive Little_things On May 14, 2011, Little_things from Port Elizabeth
South Africa (Zone 10a) wrote:

Plant is easy to grow if kept in well-drained soil and not over-watered. They grow in the dry regions of South Africa and S. Namibia. In the Karoo, I've seen them growing almost all the time in or under small bushes. They usually flower end winter, early spring. They are easy to cultivate from seed.

Positive baiissatva On Jul 14, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Coastal Otago, New Zealand zone 9ish
Having just gone out in the middle of winter to move some of my other more diva-ish aloes, I noticed that my partridge aloe (potted) seems to be impervious to cold, not to mention hail, the other succulent enemy we have to deal with on a regular basis down here. It also seems a little larger and more luxuriant than those in the pics supplied, and I can only put this down to regular thorough watering, since it gets no other attention. Its definitely the same variety. Its sat out all winter through storms, minor frosts and week-long soakings.
It's so pretty with its painted-on-looking markings, but I take mine completely for granted since purchasing it's great grandmother around 10 years ago and busily distributing her offsets ever since. Ive had up to ten offsets at one time, all rooting easily and going on to flourish.
A great beginner aloe, or a plant for a child that shows an interest in gardening. They look great massed as a low border in a succulent bed and being pretty nonspiky, they lend themselves to high traffic areas.
Ive found theyre not too keen on being roasted in hi UV situations tho', so give them a little shade in high summer.

Positive Tjsangel1 On Dec 30, 2006, Tjsangel1 from Warren, OH wrote:

My favorite Aloe. It's very easy to grow, I water once a month and keep it outdoors in bright sunlight in summer. This is the second time in 9 months my Aloe is going to flower! How cool is that : )

Neutral CaptMicha On Feb 19, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Makes a great, almost no care houseplant if desired although, without bright enough lighting (atleast I believe it to be the problem) the ... blades...? can become leggy and pale.

Positive greenlarry On Aug 20, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

I have grown this aloe in the past. It makes an attractive plant with good red flowers. Much underrated due to its common-ness.

Neutral palmbob On Mar 21, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very easy to grow aloe (though have rotted my share of these), and one of the most commonly sold in nurseries (at least in Southern California). Completely smooth plant with only the tiniest white, firm, blunt teeth. Leaves tend to be thick and triangular with a 'V' shape in cross section. Leaf margins, where dinky teeth are, have wide, ornamental white line. Spotting on leaves is often in horizontal bands in a 'tiger-stripe' pattern. Flowers are pinkish to pale red, either compact (high light situations) or spread out (low light situations) but usually single or possibly with a single branch, and here in So Cal come out mid winter.

Seed of this species differs from most other aloes in having very large 'wings' presumably to increase wind dispersion. Each seed pod is crammed full of little seeds in large, flat semiclear envelopes.

Positive lynxx On May 26, 2003, lynxx wrote:

Lovely accent plant, tolerates extremely dry conditions. Loves bright light.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona
Maricopa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Parker, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Queen Creek, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Brea, California
Calistoga, California
Canoga Park, California
Carlsbad, California
Clayton, California
Mission Viejo, California
Palm Desert, California
Reseda, California
Rowland Heights, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Spring Valley, California
Sunol, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Pensacola, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Henderson, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Dripping Springs, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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